A number of international activists, scholars and human rights practitioners will be participating in the first-ever Baluchistan International Conference in Washington DC on Nov. 21-22. The American Friends of Baluchistan (AFB), an organization that supports the independence movement, has organized the conference. The AFB considers Mir Hyrbyair Marri, Sardar Brahumdagh Bugti and Dr. Allah Nazar national heroes of Baluchistan. The conference has been organized to highlight Baluch issues.and to pay tributes to slain Baluch freedom fighter Nawabzada Balaach Marri, 41, an elected member of the Baluchistan state assembly and son of legendary Baluch leader Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri. Marri was killed extrajudicially by the Pakistan military on Nov. 20, 2007.
Baluch international activist Mehran Baluch, a brother of the slain leader, will preside over the two-day conference that is aimed to find ways and means to end the plight of the Baluch natives in Baluchistan.
The panelists at the conference are: Selig S. Harrison, Annie Nocenti, T. Kumar, Andrew Eiva, Saghir A. Shaikh, Ph.D,Munir Mengal, Dr. Gul Agha, Wendy Johnson, Asad Rahman, Ismail Ameeri, Ali Arjemandi,M.Mumtaz Khan, Aziz Baloch, M. Hosseinbor ( Dr. Bor) , Humaira Rahman, Dr. Nazir S. Bhatti.
Meanwhile, American Friends of Baluchistan condemned Islamabad for putting one of the invitees to the conference, Prof. Naela Quadri of the Baloch Republican Party on the infamous exit control list. Prof. Quadri was recently offloaded from an aeroplane while she was travelling to Manila to attend a premier Asian Pacific NGO conference on conflict zones.